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Combatting Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

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Compassion fatigue can affect workers across the spectrum of helping professions, and it is extremely prevalent among physicians.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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New Nutrition Science Course Available for Physicians

The American Medical Association is offering a 3-hour online nutrition course for physicians to help patients make the nutritional changes they need to prevent and help treat heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

AMA Develops Online Tools to Address Systems-Level Burnout

The AMA underscores the organization's commitment to improving physician well-being using collaborative partnerships, targeted analytics, and expert resources.

7 Online Tools and Apps to Help Reduce Clinician Stress

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Researchers recommend 7 online tools and mobile apps to help healthcare professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression, and suicidal behaviors.

Lack of Professional, Financial Respect Key to Female Physician Burnout

Though equal numbers of men and women are now entering medical schools, the majority of physicians are still male, and female physicians face several unique stressors.

Dermatologists Often Underestimate Effect of Depression, Anxiety in Patients

Based on data from patient consultations, researchers found that the percentage of European dermatologists recognizing signs of depression or anxiety was 44% for depression and 35.6% for anxiety.

Private Equity Investment Fueling Consolidation of Dermatology Practices

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The trend of private equity investment in dermatology practices may threaten the future of autonomy among practicing clinicians.

Are Physician Salaries Driving Up the Cost of Health Care?

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Some experts claim reducing physician salaries is the answer to the growing cost of healthcare; one physician shares his opinion on the matter.

Procedural Errors, Misdiagnoses Main Source of Malpractice Claims in Dermatology

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The two most common reasons for malpractice claims against dermatologists were procedure-related errors and misdiagnoses.

Nearly 30% of Practices Failed to Register for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

Physicians Have Until End of Year to Report 1 Patient, 1 Measure for MACRA

In order to meet the 2017 Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act participation reporting deadline and avoid a Medicare payment penalty in 2019, physicians must report on at least 1 patient and 1 measure by the end of the year.

CMS to Reduce Payments for Testing Services Conducted in Physician Office-Based Laboratories

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, which is set to reduce payments for testing services conducted in physician office-based laboratories.

Could You Face Legal Action for Your Medical Device Research?

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Scientists continue to be the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical companies when published studies frame these companies' products in an unfavorable light.

Health Care Spending Growth Slowed in 2016

In 2016 there was a deceleration in health spending growth, following faster growth in 2014 and 2015, in association with Affordable Care Act coverage expansions and strong retail prescription drug spending growth.

Medical Practices Face Serious Threat of Cyberattack

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Researchers surveyed 1300 physicians in the US between July 2017 to August 2017 to examine experiences and attitudes toward cybersecurity, data management and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines.

Congress Urged to Take Action Against Persistent Medication Shortages

The letter calls for improvement in the management of drug shortages and requests that Congress address the underlying reasons for this ongoing drug shortage problem.

AAD, Others Ask Congress to Preserve Access to Part B Therapies

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The societies note that this policy change could jeopardize patients in communities that are most in need of access to these treatments.

Drugs With Breakthrough Status Have Shortest Median Development Time

The researchers found that the expedited programs included priority review (90 drugs), accelerated approval (26 drugs), fast-track (63 drugs), and breakthrough (29 drugs).

Medical Societies Voice Concern Over Tax Reform Bill

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After the Republicans passed their tax reform bill in the Senate over the weekend, the American Heart Association released a statement detailing their concerns about the legislation.

More Health Services Moving Out of Doctors' Offices With CVS-Aetna Merger

Merging CVS, which has 10,000 retail clinics and pharmacies, with Aetna means more health services will likely move out of doctors' offices to store-based providers across the nation.

Value-Based Payment Modifier Not Linked to Practice Performance Differences

The Value-Based Payment Modifier is not associated with performance differences between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients.

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